Minister of Culture and French Comunicación, Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres, declared that the Government will watch that the possible fusion of the two French platforms of television by satellite is respectful with all the forms of pluralism: pluralism in the supply of programs and the economic one.
The televising chains TF1 and M6, proprietors of the platform of television by satellite TPS, and the Vivendi group, owner of the other operator of this type in France, CanalSatellite, have announced to negotiate the possible fusion of their two filial groups to create a unique platform of TV by satellite.
In declarations to LCI, property of private chain TF1, partly also proprietor of TPS, Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres interpreted these negotiations like an economic strategy based on a new technological context by the competition of the television through movable telephone and Internet.
In Spain, the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy, operate a unique digital platform. In all of them, the absence of a stable market for more of a competitor forced to fuse the existing supplies in the market. The groups Vivendi, TF1 and M6 announced yesterday to have begun the negotiations for the fusion of their digital platforms to create a set able to face the increasing competition of the companies of telecommunications and Internet.
Vivendi is proprietor to 100% of the Canal+ group, as well proprietor of CanalSat. TF1 owns 66% of TPS, and M6 has 34% of the capital of the platform. While CanalSat (before CanalSatellite) counts with 3.2 million subscribers, by the 1.4 million TPS.
A based difference, mainly, in the rights of French Liga de Fútbol, in possession of Canal+, that the past disbursed year 600 million Euros by the competition between 2005 and 2008. A supply that jeopardized, according to the experts, the future of both groups. CanalSat by the difficulty to do against this cost, and TPS because the soccer absence makes difficult the pick up of new subscribers.